William A. Scott
Published 12:18 pm Tuesday, June 13, 2023
FRANKLIN – Dr. William A. Scott peacefully entered his eternal rest on June 6, 2023. Born on Feb. 21, 1936, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, he was the beloved son of the late Anna B. Scott and the late Winfield Scott.
Following his education at John Bartram High School, Dr. Scott embarked on a remarkable journey of service and achievement. In 1954, he enlisted in the United States Air Force. During his military career, Dr. Scott valiantly served his nation, including a tour of duty in the Vietnam War, where he was twice honored with the Purple Heart for his bravery. His dedication to duty extended beyond the armed forces, as he later joined the National Security Agency.
Dr. Scott pursued higher education throughout his life. In 1967, he earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Temple University. In 1978, he received a master’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of Southern Mississippi.
As his career in public service ended in 1993, Dr. Scott dedicated himself wholeheartedly to his faith and ministry. At the Star of Bethlehem Baptist Church in Triangle, Virginia, he found a community where he could share his wisdom and guide others on their spiritual paths.
Dr. Scott continued his theological studies at the Washington Bible College, graduating with a degree in Biblical Studies. His thirst for understanding led him to pursue a Master of Divinity from Capital Bible Seminary. His dedication and scholarly achievements culminated in two Doctorate degrees. In 2005, he received a Doctor of Theology from the Howard University School of Divinity. The following year, he completed his Doctor of Theology in Christian Ethics from Union Theological Seminary.
Dr. Scott is survived by a loving and devoted family. His beloved wife Audrey stood by his side throughout their journey. His children were a source of immense pride and joy for him. Kevin and his wife Roxanne, Sharon and her husband Brian, Tony and his wife Sandy, Garland and his wife Cristin and his miracle child Whitney, who lives with special needs, were the treasures of his life. The relationships he shared with his nine grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren filled his heart with love and pride.
In addition to his children, Dr. Scott is survived by his brother, Ernest Scott and his sister, Anna Guy. The enduring bond of family was a source of strength and support for Dr. Scott and he held dear the relationships he cultivated with his siblings.
Dr. Scott’s mother-in-law, Deaconess Shirley Murphy, is a cherished presence who enriched his family with her love and wisdom. Dr. Scott’s caring nature and wisdom touched the lives of his entire family of cousins, nieces, nephews, friends, students and many more.
On Wednesday, a public viewing will be held at the funeral home from 3 – 7 p.m. A homegoing service will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, June 15 at Shiloh Baptist Church, 30188 Shiloh Road in Boykins with the Rev. Anthony Ferebee delivering the eulogy; the Rev. James C. Banks Jr. is the pastor. The committal and benediction will follow in the church cemetery. Service provided by the professional and caring staff of Wm. M. Johnson & Sons Funeral Home Inc., 224 South Main Street in Franklin. Please share your condolences with the family at wmjohnsonandsons.com.